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Friday, April 26, 2013

Righteous Before God


Job 25:1-6 NIV

Bildad
1Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:
2“Dominion and awe belong to God;
He establishes order in the heights of heaven.
3Can His forces be numbered?
On whom does His light not rise?
4How then can a mortal be righteous before God?
How can one born of woman be pure?
5If even the moon is not bright
and the stars are not pure in His eyes,
6how much less a mortal, who is but a maggot—
a human being, who is only a worm!”



Chapter 25


Bildad here makes a very short reply to Job's last discourse, as one that began to be tired of the cause Job presents. He drops the main question concerning the prosperity of wicked men, as being unable to answer the proofs Job had produced in the foregoing chapter: but, because he thought Job had made too bold with the Divine Majesty in his appeals to the Divine Tribunal (ch. 23), he in a few words shows the infinite distance there is between God and man, teaching us,

I. To think highly and honorably of God (v. 2, 3, 5).

II. To think lowly and humbly of ourselves (v. 4, 6).

These, however misapplied to Job, are two good lessons for us all to learn.


Verse 4

“How then can a mortal be righteous before God?
How can one born of woman be pure?”


How then can man be justified? - Or, ונה umah, With what, shall a man be justified with God? Though this is no conclusion from Bildad's premises, yet the question is of the highest importance to man. Neither Bildad nor any of his fellows could answer it; the doctrine of Redemption through the Blood of Jesus Christ was then known only through types and shadows.

We who live in the Gospel age, can readily answer the question, With what shall miserable man (אנוש enosh) be justified with God?

Answer - By bringing forward, by faith, to the Throne of the Divine justice, the Sacrificial Offering of the Lord Jesus Christ; and confiding absolutely in it, as being a full, sufficient, and complete atonement and sacrifice for his sins, and for the salvation of a lost world.

How, or with what (ומה umah) shall he be clean that is born of a woman?  
Answer - By receiving that grace or heavenly influence communicated by the power of the Eternal Spirit applying to the heart the efficacy of that Blood which cleanses from all unrighteousness.

This, and this only, is the way in which a sinner, when truly penitent, can be justified before God: and in which a believer, convinced of indwelling sin, can be sanctified and cleansed from all unrighteousness.

This is the only means of justification and sanctification, without which there can be no glorification. And these two great works, which constitute the whole of salvation, have been procured for a lost world by the Incarnation, Suffering, Death, and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, Who was delivered for our offenses, and rose again for our justification; to Whom be Glory and Dominion now and for evermore, Amen!

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